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propose if I could but once see the Great Duke's' gallery; I walk into it now with as little emotion as I should into St. Paul's.    The statues are a congregation of good sort of people, that I have a great deal of unruffled regard for.   The farther I travel the less I wonder at anything: a few days reconcile one to a new spot, or an unseen custom; and men are so much the same everywhere, that one scarce perceives any change of situation.    The same weaknesses, the same passions, that in England plunge men into elections, drinking, whoring, exist here, and show themselves in the shapes of Jesuits, cicisbeos, and Corydon ardebat Alexins.   The most remarkable thing I have observed since I came abroad, is, that there are no people so obviously mad as the English. The French, the Italians, have great follies, great faults; but then they are so national, that they cease to be striking. In England, tempers vary so excessively, that almost every one's faults are peculiar to himself.    I take this diversity to proceed partly from our climate, partly from our government : the first is changeable,  and makes us queer; the latter permits our queernesses to operate as they please.    If one could avoid contracting this queerness, it must certainly be the most entertaining to live in England, where such a variety of incidents continually amuse.    The incidents of a week in London would furnish all Italy with news for a twelvemonth.    The only two circumstances of moment in the life of an Italian, that ever give occasion to their being mentioned, are, being married, and, in a year after, taking a cicisbeo.    Ask the name, the husband, the wife, or the cicisbeo of any person, et voila gui est fini.    Thus, child, 'tis dull dealing here!    Methinks your Spanish war is little more lively.    By the gravity of the proceedings, one would think both nations were Spaniard.    Adieu !    Do you re-
LETTER23.—1 Francis of Lorraine, Grand Duke of Tuscany, husband
of Maria Theresa, Queen of Hungary, elected Emperor, 1746 ; d. 1765.